Some people collect vintage cars,some collect vintage cameras. If you use ash or other wooden tripods, you are working with a collectors item. Nowadays, we text…not telegraph. We take planes…not trains. And our tripods are made of aluminum and carbon fiber …not wood. We as a society have always found room for improvement and then, we have filled that room with something better. So invest in the future, YOUR FUTURE and just start using something better. Who knows ? Someday, it may become a collectors item.